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Yermín heroics spare Sox from loss

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A 3-3 tie was nearly untied by a Vaughn bomb

Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Dodgers
Maquína de jonrón: Mercedes banged out his fourth of the spring to tie the game in the ninth.
Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images

Good lord of longballs, Yermín Mercedes did it again!

With the White Sox down to their last strike, this homme gros of tater-mashing took a terrific third-strike pitch from Reds reliever Cody Reed and CRUSHED it out to left-center:


I mean, CHECK OUT THIS NONSENSE!

It takes a perfect swing and approach to take this outside pitch and not just turn it over into a putty dribbler to shortstop or a bloop out to short center.

Yermín Mercedes is a Professional Hitter. MERCY!

Andrew Vaughn came close to walking the ballgame off with a clout to center, but Stuart Fairchild reeled it in to preserve the 3-3 tie.

In terms of other professionals, well, it was hit-and-miss for the White Sox today. Yasmani Grandal designated-hit his way to prominence, with his second double and first homer of the spring; small sample size stats sit now at .375 BA/1.470 OPS.


The White Sox bullpen was aces, as Aaron Bummer, Kelvin Herrera, Steve Cishek, Jimmy Cordero and Evan Marshall combined for six innings of scoreless, two-hit, two-walk, seven-K ball.

But the defense was shaky, with Tim Anderson, Andrew Romine and Eloy Jiménez participating in sheer tomfoolery on the field. And while he limited damage, Dylan Cease had a very Ceasian start, with three earned and four walks in three innings, with three walks, three Ks and a homer. It was sort of the Dylan Cease starting starter kit.


And the outing was aided in a major way by a terrific bases-loaded double play turned by Leury García:

Poll

Who was the MVP of today’s 3-3 tie vs. Cincinnati?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Jimmy Cordero (1 ⅔ IP, BB, 2 K)
    (1 vote)
  • 4%
    Leury García (0-for-3, run-saving DP)
    (12 votes)
  • 33%
    Yasmani Grandal (2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, HR)
    (94 votes)
  • 0%
    Kelvin Herrera (IP, H, BB, 3 K)
    (0 votes)
  • 61%
    Yermín Mercedes (1-for-1, game-tying HR)
    (174 votes)
281 votes total Vote Now

Tomorrow is Michael Kopech Day, as the rehabbing righty is expected to take the first inning in advance of encroaching storms. Watch our No. 2 prospect on WhiteSox.com or listen in on WGN. Hamster will be here for the SSS coverage, while Darren Black takes it at SSHP.